On Aug. 31, Avista released the final draft of its integrated resource plan or IRP. This document outlines its plans for how to supply energy to its customers over the next 20 years. The IRP indicates that Avista intends to continue supplying coal power to its customers beyond 2037. We can’t afford to make a 20-year investment in coal!
It’s time to make sure that Avista hears our concerns about continuing to invest in old, coal-fired plants. This is our opportunity to weigh in on the resource decisions that we are forced to pay for as customers.
The Public Utilities Commission will review the IRP and take public comment as a part of its decision-making process. Contact the Idaho PUC today and tell them that you want Avista to take a leadership role by cleaning up the electric grid. Be sure to copy and paste the case number (AVU-E-17-08) into the appropriate comment field.
The talking points below may help you craft your comments. The more you can personalize your comments and use your own words, the more effective and powerful your comments will be.
- Whenever I hear about the price of coal-generated electricity, the costs are always going up. And whenever I hear about the price of renewable energy, the costs are always going down. Why, then, does Avista plan to have us pay for coal for the next 20 years?
- Utilities in Washington and Oregon are making plans to end their electric production from Colstrip by 2035 at the latest. If Avista can no longer split the costs of Colstrip once these utilities exit, my electric rates could go up. Why isn’t Avista also planning to get out of Colstrip so that my electric rates don’t increase?
- I want Avista and the PUC to do everything they can to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Solar and wind technology makes this not only possible but more economical than aging coal technology. I urge the PUC to require Avista to revise its integrated resource plan with a more detailed and explanatory account of our options to replace power generated from Colstrip with power generated from renewables.